It is pretty safe to say that unless you are an exercise addict, going to the gym is a trial for most of us. As if it wasn’t hard enough dragging yourself there, getting down on the floor to do gut-busting crunches is even worse. So try it standing up. If you hate crunches (don’t we all) then standing abs is a perfect way to work on that little extra weight in your mid section, without the grunting and rolling around on the floor.
Tilt, Tuck, and Tighten
This simple motion is where to start. Put your arms out in front of you, elbows bent, palms down. Bend your knees and tuck your hips under and contract your abs while pushing your arms in and out in front of you in the air. It takes a while to get the motion down, but really try to tighten your abs every time you contract in. Inhale when your abs are stretched and exhale when they are tightened. Put some music on to get into the groove and do it in front of a mirror so you can see your muscles working.
This one really works those oblique’s. Clasp your hands together in front of you so that your arms make an ‘O’ shape. Make sure your legs are bent slightly and lift your left knee up and twist your arms (still together) to the left simultaneously. Tilt your upper body down so that the combine action of your leg and arms work your oblique. Come back to centre and repeat on the other side. Once you start to feel it work you can do reps of 2, 4, 8, and 16 on either side. You will really feel the burn!
Extend and contract
This great exercise will work your arms, abs and butt! Get a small weight or medicine ball and hold it in your left hand extended across your body to the right. Bring that arm with the ball back to centre and contract your core. Switch hands and do the same with the right. For more advanced users you can use two weights or medicine balls and just bring the weights together in the centre when alternating.
This one is simple and requires lots of reps but gives satisfying results! Put your hands low on your hips and lift your right knee up. Contract your abs and bring your shoulders down to get the best contraction possible. Alternate back and forth and don’t stop when you feel that burn- that means its working!